Even though it’s called “Small Business Saturday,” Charlotte’s annual day to celebrate shopping local is getting bigger every year. This year shoppers will have no shortage of options as they begin the quest to check everyone off their holiday shopping list.
South End Small Business Saturday returns on November 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free trolley rides will be available throughout the historic district to give shoppers a lift to check out the 200+ local businesses and 70 places to eat and drink. The event consists of three “festival hubs,” including: Camden Road, featuring Ciel Gallery and Charlotte Art League pop up markets, 2525 Distribution Street, featuring Dudeapalooza at C3 Labs and Lincoln Street, where pop up shops will line the streets between Church and Mint.
The Eclectic Marketplace has found a new home in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood and will be open for business Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The pop up market will be hosted at Pure Pizza and will feature local artists and vendors such as Sapphire Trail, Gandacrafts and Tangled Line Designs. After you get your fill at the market, take your local shopping to the streets and visit some of Plaza Midwood’s many unique shops.
The Charlotte Christmas Village in Romare Bearden Park will be back in 2017, with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will be offering shoppers gifts, traditional German Christmas food and drink and a variety of entertainment on the Performing Arts Stage from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
While not a Small Business Saturday special event, 7th Street Public Market offers shoppers a year round location to shop, eat and drink locally. Charlotte vendors includes CLT Find, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, The Gateau Baking Company, Viva Raw and more. The 7th Street Public Market is open from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
“Small Business Saturday” is a national shopping initiative created by American Express in 2010 to support and promote local businesses during the holiday season.
To start your own Small Business Saturday shopping tradition, check out our more comprehensive list of local Charlotte shops and boutiques on charlottesgotalot.com.